By Alex McLeish

7th Oct, 2021 | 12:00pm

Leeds handed 'massive' boost by Bamford update - ex-manager

Alex McLeish has claimed beating Watford without Patrick Bamford was “massive” for Leeds United.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Scotland boss admitted he feared for Marcelo Bielsa’s men having to cope without their star striker after a slow start to the new season.

Bamford missed the 1-0 win over Watford with an ankle injury.

Leeds Live report (4th October) he is yet to return to training, with a mid-October comeback date pencilled in at present.

Rodrigo has led the line in Bamford’s absence, although it was Diego Llorente who netted the winner over Watford.

It was the Whites’ first league win of the season after three draws and three defeats.

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McLeish admitted he had serious concerns about Leeds’ form heading into the Watford game.

However, he insisted the victory would be a huge confidence boost they can compete with or without Bamford.

McLeish told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “Certainly there was a lot of entertainment again from Leeds (v Watford).

“They were breaking fast, they looked very dangerous, very bright.

“To be honest, it’s brilliant news for Leeds because in recent weeks I’ve been worried about them.

“Thinking back to last season, they were winning, losing, winning, losing winning. They were keeping a kind of momentum.

“This time they’ve lost two or three. Could they come back in this one against a Watford team who you know are in the lower half of the table and toiling a wee bit?

“We’ve got to think about the levels they’re playing at. For Leeds to win that game, I think was a massive surge for them and their mentality, for the players to realise they can win without Patrick.”

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